The New Palestine softball team wrapped up the Hoosier Heritage Conference championship with an 11-1, five-inning win over Delta Friday.
The Class 4A No. 5 Dragons improved to 23-3 overall and finished 7-0 in the HHC. Shelbyville was runner-up at 6-1.
Friday, Markie Wood went 2-for-3 with three RBI, Madison Whitaker and Elisha Barker added a pair of RBI each and Kaylin McMurray and Barker combined to keep the Eagles (11-15, 1-6 HHC) to one run on nine hits.
The Dragons played error-free defense to keep Delta at bay.
McMurray threw 4.1 innings and got the win, improving to 14-2.
Eastern Hancock 10, North Decatur 0
Another local team aiming for a conference title, the Royals took care of business Friday.
A sweep today in a home doubleheader of South Decatur and Indian Creek would give EH the Mid-Hoosier Conference championship.
Indian Creek is 12-10 overall and 7-0 in the MHC; the Royals are the only other league undefeated at 16-6 overall and 6-0 in conference.
Friday, Jordan Pierson, Bekah Mohr and Skyler Overleese combined for seven of the Royals’ 13 hits. Peyton West led EH with two RBI. Pierson and Emily Reger had triples.
On the mound, Caitlin Richmond and Darby Shaw held North Decatur (6-15, 3-6 MHC) to four hits. The Chargers made six errors; EH, zero.
Eastern Hancock 15, Indian Creek 15, 8 innings
As reported Friday, the Royals tied Mid-Hoosier Conference foe Indian Creek Thursday night.
Trailing 11-0 heading into the home half of the fourth inning, EH rallied with two runs in the fourth, three runs in the fifth, and five runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings to send the game into extra innings.
The two teams combined for 36 hits and seven fielding errors.
EH (6-12-2, 3-3-1 MHC) was paced offensively by Robbie Leffew (three doubles, five RBI), Austin Lacy (three hits, three runs scored, RBI, three stolen bases), Devon Wagoner (two hits, two runs, two RBI) and Garek Ferguson (two hits, three runs, three stolen bases).
Eastern Hancock 18, North Decatur 1
The Royals scored eight runs in the second inning and eight more in the third Friday to win going away.
Cole Fout (home run, four RBI) and Brandon Ray (three RBI) were among a host of leaders for the EH attack, which was aided by eight Chargers errors.
Leffew held North Decatur hitless for two innings and Tom Barton pitched three innings of two-hit ball.
Greenfield-Central splits doubleheader with Yorktown
The Cougars managed a split with the Tigers Friday to finish in second place in the HHC.
G-C took Game 1, 11-3, and fell in Game 2, 12-6.
G-C finished 7-5 in the HHC and is 12-10 overall heading into sectional action.
Stats were not provided.
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